Cutts hired as Director of Basketball Operations

Kansas State head men's basketball coach Jim Wooldridge announced on Friday the hiring of Dennis Cutts as the team's director of basketball operations.

"We are fortunate to add someone with Dennis' credentials to our staff," said Wooldridge. "He will bring a wealth of expertise and experience in Division I basketball, which will certainly pay dividends to our program. He will not only be a great addition to our staff, but also to the university community. I am excited to have his talent and commitment in the coming season."

In his position as director of basketball operations, Cutts will assist in coordinating recruiting activities for the program, running the Jim Wooldridge Basketball Camp, organizing K-State coaching clinics and overseeing the Wildcat Faculty/Staff Club. In addition, he will coordinate all team travel and oversee special projects for the basketball office.

Cutts, 37, comes to Kansas State after a three-year stint at San Jose State (2002-05), including spending the last two seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under former coach Phil Johnson. He assisted in the development and recruitment of several all-conference players, including Marquin Chandler, a second team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) forward. In addition to his on-the-floor coaching duties, Cutts was in charge of the team's scheduling of opponents and facilities as well academic monitoring and assisted in game preparation.

"I am really excited about joining the K-State family," said Cutts. "This is a great opportunity to work with someone that I really admire in Jim Wooldridge. I think the world of him and what he has done in his coaching career. I am really excited about the direction of the program and the players he has assembled for the coming season."

Cutts has 15 years of experience in coaching, including nine at the Division I level as an assistant coach. Prior to his stint at San Jose State, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Mike Adras at Northern Arizona. Cutts helped the Lumberjacks to a 49-39 (.557) record from 1999 to 2002, including a 20-11 season in 2000 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament as the Big Sky Conference's Tournament Champions. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, he coordinated the team's offensive schemes and worked in the development of the perimeter players. Cutts also had duties in scouting opponents and academic supervision.

Cutts moved into major college coaching in 1996 when he became an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State (1996-99) where he spent three seasons. He was the program's recruiting coordinator, while he also was responsible for the development of the Lumberjacks' offensive system.

Cutts began his coaching career in Killarney, Ireland in 1990 as a player-coach for the St. Paul's Basketball Club senior men's "A" team. He also coached the men's "B" team, the senior women's "A" team and boys' teams ranging in ages up to 19-years-old. In addition, he was an instructor at the Institute for International Sport in Killarney.

Upon returning to the United States in 1991, Cutts spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Pima Community College (1991-94) in Tucson, Ariz., before serving two years as an assistant coach at Northland Pioneer College (1994-96) in Holbrook, Ariz.

Cutts earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990. A four-year letterman for the Great Danes from 1987-90, he helped the team to four consecutive winning seasons, including three 20-win seasons. As a senior, Cutts was team captain and most valuable player of a Great Dane squad that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Cutts is married to the former Evon Roberts.

Cutts will begin his duties on June 15. He replaces Chad Altadonna, who was named an assistant coach earlier this month at Eastern Illinois under Mike Miller, who formerly served as Kansas State's associate head coach from 2000 to 2005.

Wooldridge still has one staff position to fill and will do that at a later date.

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